Loving the Little Years Giveaway

by Mama Chocolate on August 4, 2011

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Every mother with small people should read “Loving the Little Years.”

Several times.

Yearly, even.

The mother of 5 children five-years-old and under, Rachel Jankovic knows what she’s talking about and brings refreshing perspective on “motherhood in the trenches.”

It is easy to feel exhausted and overwhelmed just with the task of keeping little ones fed and clothed. But they need so much more than that! We are called to disciple our children and instruct them in righteousness, and if we aren’t tending their hearts, all our work is in vain. With little sinners constantly running around your house, it’s so easy to get frustrated, and, (perhaps only sub-consciously,) begin to view them as bothersome and in the way of “life.”

Rachel gave me great ideas to change my own heart and attitude in short, encouraging and uplifting chapter bites. I love the imagery and stories that Rachel uses with her kids to illustrate concepts so they can understand.

“Setting behaviors into stories is a great way to communicate with your little people. Got a boy hitting a sister? Tell him about a brave knight who went out to fight the dragon but started hitting the princess instead. Give children a chance to get outside themselves and see their behavior as it plays out in a story. It often turns out that they know exactly the right thing to do.”

She reminds us to look at our children as little people. Her wisdom has already aided me in several discipline situations, reminding me to look at it from little Katie’s perspective and really try to see the heart issue.

I’ve read this book twice, and I already want to read it again. The short chapters are easy to get through, even for a busy mother of little ones, and you are sure to come away sobered, strengthened, and amused.

Rachel says:

“I didn’t write this book because mothering little ones is easy for me. I wrote it because it isn’t. I know that this is a hard job, because I am right here in the middle of it. I know you need encouragement because I do too.”

“This is not a tender reminiscence from someone who had children so long ago that she only remembers the sweet parts. At the time of writing this, I have three children in diapers, and I can recognize the sound of hundreds of toothpicks being dumped out in the hall.”

“[This] is a loose collection of thoughts on mothering young children—for when you are motivated, for when you are discouraged, for the times when discipline seems fruitless, and for when you are just plain old tired.”

“The opportunities for growth and refinement abound here—but you have to be willing. You have to open your heart to the tumble. As you deal with your children, deal with yourself always and first. This is what it looks like and feels like to walk with God, as a mother.”

Today you get a chance to win a copy of  “Loving the Little Years!” right here at Mama Chocolate!

Comment here to tell me one way that you follow me: email subscription, Google Friend Connect, (look in the sidebar,) Facebook, or Twitter. (You can do all four for one entry each, just leave separate comments.)

You may also get extra entries for sharing about this giveaway on your blog, Facebook or Twitter! Just leave a link to your post in the comments!

We’ll draw one winner from the comments here this Saturday, August 6th.

If you’d like another chance to win, visit the Doorposts blog, where we will be giving away a second copy!

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Cindy August 4, 2011 at 3:27 am

These truths are also good for bigger ones, and with a new little grandson so close in age to his uncle, I will be employing these methods of sharing the gospel with both of them. Thank you for your insight.

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I have 5 children. They are 7, 5, 3, 2, and 9 months . I love being a mother and wife.
Each day brings new joy to see what they will discover today! This book looks great!

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Thank you for your post about Loving the Little Years. I have an 11 year old, 8 year old and 3 year old. We are in the process of moving and our 3 year old has gone wild in the process. I needed to remember he is a little one who is trying to make sense of what is happening in his life. I follow your doorposts blog and learned of your blog through that site

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Just discovered your blog from the Doorposts site. I’m really anxious to read this book. Just from the intro I realize in my heart I have tucked my children into a “makes a mess” category. Even though I love them with all my heart, I’ve stopped enjoying them somewhere along the way under the piles of laundry, homeschool books and dishes. I’m not sure I can even wait for the giveaway. This sounds like a must have for me.

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Missy August 6, 2011 at 4:57 am

A friend just referred me to Doorposts, where I saw your book giveaway. God is good as your book could not be more timely for our family as we navigate to a more God honoring life. Thanks for offering this =)

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